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Just over two years ago, Newark got its first new hotel in four decades. And it looks like the fever is catching, because Hotel Indigo has just opened up in downtown Newark, making it the third in the New York area.
The theme is “modern industry” (tanneries, breweries and innovators hung around here in the 19th century), so there’s a mosaic tiled ticker tape (Thomas Edison’s invention) in the lobby, a bank vault-turned pizza oven in the restaurant, ALVA, and exposed brick walls in the bedrooms, giving it that authentic industrial vibe (the building itself is from 1912).
Today, for the first time in 40 years, Newark has a new hotel—the Courtyard Newark Downtown. Don’t roll your eyes! This is good news for several reasons. First, for those who have to, for whatever reason, fly out of Newark and also must stay overnight in the area, there's now a brand-spanking new option in a place where the selection has become a quality crap shoot.
This property is four miles from the airport (there's a free shuttle), plus it's within walking distance of Newark Penn Station, so if you can’t afford NYC hotel rates, bingo—you’ve got a friend in Newark and it’s only a short train ride away.
The 150-room hotel is owned by Tucker Development and Robert Finvarb Companies, but managed by Marriott International, so the well-known amenities and points are in place, but there are more in case you haven’t checked out a Courtyard in a minute. At this outpost the traditional front desk experience has been abandoned in favor of the more au currant boutique hotel method with individual welcome kiosks for a personal and private check-in experience.
Free WiFi and a business library with complimentary computers and a printer gets a thumbs up, as well as the Courtyard’s GoBoard 4.0, which dispenses local info such as maps, weather, news, and even flight information on a 55-inch LCD touch screen. It has mobile integration so guests can send the info directly to their smart phones! And, guests can dine and get Starbucks coffee at The Bistro, as well as get snacks and must-haves 24/7 from The Market.
In a roundabout way, some residents of Newark, NJ who can't afford to stay in a hotel will get to sleep on premium hotel linens after all.
The Newark-Liberty International Airport Marriott has just donated 200 sets of (used) bed linens to the Apostle's Houses of Newark, and this isn't just a one-time deal. Apostle's Houses offer services to men, women and families who can't spare even a cent, and the Marriott periodically changes their linens...so why not recycle them into the community that needs and would appreciate the aid?
Now we know the Newark Marriott isn't exactly a 500-thread-count place, but a clean, crisp and cool sheet is a simple pleasure in life. Think about that the next time you lay your head on a pillow in a room you've only purchased for a few nights.